» Administration and Staff

To learn more or if you have questions about the College of Performing Arts, you can reach us at (714) 997-6519 or by email at copa@chapman.edu.


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Dean's Staff

+ - Operations Administrator

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Amy DeMartino
Operations Administrator
Moulton Hall 241
(714) 997-6585

Amy DeMartino has over a decade of experience working at Chapman University, with roles in both academic and university operations. She joined the College of Performing Arts in November 2014 as the Operations Administrator and oversees the day-to-day administrative, operational and financial operations of the college.

Amy is an alumna of California State University, Fullerton and Chapman University. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature. Her love of literature is credited for her passion and patronage of the arts.

+ - Assistant Director for Recruitment and Admissions

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Jasmine Stofko
Assistant Director for Recruitment and Admissions
Hashinger Science Center 130-B
(714) 516-5223

Jasmine enjoys admissions work because of the opportunity to change student’s lives. As the Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment she will support the College of Performing Arts by working with prospective students, other school administrators, as well as developing and coordinating admission related initiatives.

+ - Artistic Operations Manager

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Peter Westenhofer
Artistic Operations Manager
Moulton Hall 221
(714) 628-7298

Peter Westenhofer is a graduate of the B.F.A. program at Chapman University. Most recently, he was seen as John Proctor in The Crucible at Mysterium, Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors at Performance Riverside, Feste in Twelfth Night for Shakespeare Orange County, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls for Curtain Call Dinner Theater, and Sam Byck in Assassins at Orange Coast College. Locally, he has performed with Fullerton Civic Light Opera, Saddleback Civic Light Opera, Laguna Playhouse, Costa Mesa Playhouse, Main Street Players, Orange Curtain Theater, and Son of Semele Ensemble. Some of Peter’s film credits include “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and “Sister Act II.”

Adept both on and off the stage, he is an accomplished director, choreographer, and instructor for various performing arts venues throughout Orange County. Peter has also worked for South Coast Repertory, Universal Pictures, HBO Pictures, the American College Theatre Festival, California Education Theatre Association (CETA), and The Groundlings.

Within the College of Performing Arts, Peter supervises the artistic logistics for all productions in Music, Theatre and Dance.

+ - Career Advisor

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Emma Waldron
Career Advisor
Hashinger Science Center 130-A
(714) 516-5222

Emma is thrilled to be joining Chapman University and the College of Performing Arts in the new role of Career Advisor. She is excited to be able to draw upon her multi-faceted background in student affairs and the performing arts in order to support the unique career development needs of CoPA students and alumni. Emma recently completed her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at UC Davis and holds an MA in Performance Research from Bristol University. Previously, Emma worked as an academic advisor for first-year students at Rutgers University. She also gained experience in arts administration and theatre education at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey where she worked as a teaching artist, assistant to the artistic director, and assistant director or dramaturgical assistant on several productions. Emma is new to SoCal and in her spare time loves hiking, tabletop gaming, and spending time with her cats.

Students can log on to Handshake to schedule an appointment with Emma.

+ - Communication and Marketing Specialist

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Jean Taber
Communication and Marketing Specialist
Moulton Hall 241
(714) 997-6997

Jean supports the College of Performing Arts by creating and managing event publicity materials, public relations, marketing, advertising, and social media for the College. An alumna of the University of California, Irvine's English department, she has worked in marketing communications, public and corporate communications, and product marketing in the high-tech manufacturing and distribution industries. She briefly ran her own freelance business, creating websites and social media profiles and campaigns for private clients that included youth sports, restaurants, and educational groups. Jean is thrilled to be working in an environment where her professional skills and interests can be put to good use, sharing the news and stories of the College's students, faculty, and events with its many friends, patrons, and supporters, as well as the Chapman Family.

+ - Development Coordinator

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Bobby Reade
Development Coordinator
Moulton Hall 241
(714) 289-2085

Bobby recently joined Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts after spending time at Pacific Sports, where he helped produce triathlons and handle event management of several endurance events. Prior to that, he worked at iHeart Media working on sponsor and account activation. Bobby comes to Chapman having worked in the arts, spending over three years in the development office of the American Film Institute.

When he is away from the office, he enjoys his #1 passion, running. He recently completed his first ultra-marathon (any distance over the marathon distance of 26.2 miles), running 50 miles from Folsom, CA to Auburn, CA. He has also run 8 marathons and more than 20 half marathons over the last several years. He is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, MA and hails from Colchester, VT where he became a lifelong Red Sox fan – his other passion.

+ - Box Office & Event Communications Coordinator

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Tanya Thompson
Box Office and Event Communications Coordinator
Moulton Hall 104A
(714) 997-6774

A native of Saco, Maine, Tanya holds a BA in Drama from the University of California, Irvine. She has recently joined Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts after spending the last 3 years as a Box Office and House Manager for the City of Brea’s Curtis Theatre. Prior to that, she worked as a Regional Sales Representative for one of the nation’s largest dance supply retailers and as a wardrobe technician for a variety of live entertainment venues and parades at The Disneyland Resort. She has over 15 years experience in theatre as a performer, choreographer, costume designer, wardrobe technician, and make-up designer.

When she is away from work, Tanya can be found working in various local theater productions, planning travel, and generally consuming all things art and entertainment.

+ - Assistant to the Dean

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Joann King
Assistant to the Dean
Moulton Hall 241
(714) 744-7001

As assistant to the Dean, Joann King keeps busy with class schedules, syllabi, school events, faculty meetings, facilities, promotion, and publicity. Joann is an alumna of Chapman University as a Communication major with a theatre emphasis and is married to alumnus David King. Joann enjoys working with the students and faculty and is dedicated to the College of Performing Arts and to making others aware of the contributions it makes to Chapman University.

Production Management

+ - Production Manager/Technical Director

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Marc Ameel
Production Manager/Technical Director
Entertainment Technology Center, 603 W. Palm Avenue, Room 111
(714) 997-6549

Marc is a stage veteran with a diverse resume including award-winning theatre, education, theme park entertainment, dance, and special events. He has always been fascinated by the process and spectacle of performing arts, believing that creative collaboration can produce anything imaginable.

+ - Interim Costume Studio Manager

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Ruthe Brunner
Interim Costume Studio Manager
Entertainment Technology Center, 607 W. Palm Avenue, Room 104
(714) 997-6606

Ruthe was born in Brazil but was raised in Southern California. She has her BA in Home Economics, and MA in Theater from California State University, Los Angeles, where she was subsequently hired as their Costume and Makeup Supervisor for 8 years. After taking a few years off to raise her children, she worked at University of California, Irvine, first as a stitcher for a year and then as Costume Shop Foreman for five years. After contracting as a Cutter with Chapman for 10+ years, she was hired in August 2016 as the Costume Studio Assistant Manager. While her initial emphasis was design, she now finds fulfillment in helping young designers realize their dreams.

+ - Technical Supervisor

Joshua Calderon
Technical Supervisor
Entertainment Technology Center, 603 W. Palm Avenue


+ - Costume Studio Assistant Manager

Christine Wille Weil
Costume Studio Assistant Manager
Entertainment Technology Center, 607 W. Palm Avenue


+ - Theatre Technicians

Richard Jackson
Theatre Technician
(714) 997-6665

Trevor Weil
Theatre Technician
(714) 997-6916

Ember Williams
Theatre Technician
(714) 997-6697